Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Make your car fuel efficient with HHO Technology!

A hydrogen generator installed on your car will help you increase fuel mileage. It does this by making the gas that’s already in your tank work more efficiently. A bonus to you is your car warranty is still good, due to the fact there are no changes made to the engine, just an add on. Instead a hydrogen generator uses your battery to create hydrogen or brown’s gas as some people call it. This mixture of hydrogen and ordinary gasoline burns cleaner, longer, and is also safer for your family and for the environment.

The process is amazing yet simple. Using a small amount of electric current from your car battery, the water molecules become separated inside a hydrogen generator,and that reduces water into its component parts, oxygen and hydrogen. That hydrogen is known as brown gas or Brown’s gas. When it combines with gasoline, it improves the combustion (or burning) dramatically. That combustion is the process that moves the pistons up and down and makes the car run. When more of the fuel burnis inside the combustion chamber, there are a number of positive results.

Horsepower and Performance Soar

One is that more of the gas you buy gets used (or burned), and not blown out through the exhaust system. This has a hugee impact on fuel economy – up to 60%. It also means your engine will feel vastly more powerful. Thus making your horsepower and performance soar. The brown gas created in your hydrogen generator also makes you engine run smoother, quieter, and shift easier. This is from using the hydrogen gas (or HHO Gas) inside the combustion chamber.

The hydrogen generator also has an impact on the environment. Water helps your engine run at a lower temperature, and emissions of co2 are drastically reduced into the environment. Your car will actually begin to help the environment by adding oxygen, instead of adding carbon dioxide or any other toxic byproducts for that matter.

Finally, brown gas does not just improve fuel economy and emissions. It is also a safer substance for your family. Since the brown gas was created by your hydrogen generator is part hydrogen, it is fifteen times lighter than air and disperses in the air more quickly. Where heavier fuel and fuel vapors will remain on the ground, a flammable hazard, hydrogen disappears intothe atmosphere harmlessly. Hydrogen is also completely non toxic: gasoline and diesel fuel and fumes are notoriously toxic for human beings and all animals.

No Downside, Just Benefits

There is very little downside to adding a hydrogen generator to your vehicle, and more benefits than you can count. For example, there are even tax credits available in some states to encourage you to install a system to produce brown gas. We are all more concerned with fuel economy since the price of gas has reached higher levels then ever. Plus, when we as a county increase miles per gallon, we are decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and oil producers. Creating a more energy-efficient lifestyle is a patriotic thing to do.

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Saving Gas with a Tonneau Cover

Posted by admin on Mar-27-2012 under HHO Fuel Cell

Thinking about trading the old pickup for something more economical? Maybe all you need to do is to make the truck you have more fuel-efficient. A tonneau cover can do that, and provide several other benefits as well!

A tonneau cover provides three main benefits:

  1. Reduced drag for better fuel economy.
  2. Lockable space to secure your belongings in the truck bed.
  3. Protecting your belongings from the weather.

But if you’re thinking about getting a tonneau cover, you may be aware of the disadvantages as well:

  1. Difficult to haul large payloads.
  2. Difficult to get access to even small items in your truck bed.
  3. Expensive to buy and install.

If you’re like most pickup truck owners, you really don’t use the full capacity of your truck anyway. Closing off the bed with a tonneau cover might not be any sacrifice for you at all. And most tonneau covers give you fairly quick access to your truck bed for small items, and most can be removed fairly easily for those times when you do need to carry large items.

But does a tonneau cover really save you gas?

There is some debate about the question, because most of the testing done to measure the effects of tonneau covers on gas mileage is a little bit suspect. Most of these tests were sponsored by the automotive accessory industry, who has a vested interest in seeing positive results. Also, few of these tests measured actual improvement in gas mileage in real-world conditions, focusing on wind-tunnel measurements of the effect of the tonneau cover on aerodynamic drag.

One thing we can safely conclude from these tests is that you will see more improvement in your gas mileage at highway speeds than in city driving. Aerodynamic drag is one factor affecting your pickup truck’s fuel economy, but it is related to your driving speed. At slow speeds, the aerodynamic improvement offered by a tonneau cover is just not that important.

But if you do a good deal of highway driving, as most pickup truck owners do, a tonneau cover might be just the thing to keep your gas guzzler satisfied without draining your wallet.

How long will it take for a tonneau cover to pay for itself? That depends on a lot of factors. How much does gas cost, or how much will it cost, on average, over the next few months? How much gas do you buy every month? How much gas is the tonneau cover saving you? And how much did the tonneau cover cost?

Let’s try a few typical figures. Within the past year (2008), gas prices ranged anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00 per gallon. Let’s use $3.00. And let’s suppose you purchase about sixty gallons of gas per month before you install the tonneau cover. Some proponents claim that a tonneau cover saves them as much as 20%. Let’s be more cautious and suppose the tonneau cover improves your fuel economy by 10%. Tonneau covers, depending on the type and manufacturer, range from $230 to over $1200. Let’s pick a middle value of about $600 for a typical hard tonneau cover.

Have you done the math? Here’s what I get: Using the assumptions stated above, a tonneau cover would save you about $18.00 per month. At that rate, a $600 tonneau cover would pay for itself in just over 33 months.

Is it worth it? You can decide that based on several factors. Remember that if the price of gas goes up, the savings increase and the payback time is shorter. Who would bet that the price of gas is not going to go up? Also bear in mind that there are other advantages to having a tonneau cover, such as better security and better protection against the weather for the things you always leave in the back of the truck.

All things considered, a tonneau cover might be just what you need.

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Many people nowadays would pay a little extra on water to gas and other effective gas saving devices, especially with the current round of oil price hikes that has caused quite a stir in some global economies.

With this, there has lately been a significant increase in the number and varieties of gas saving devices being advertised and sold commercially.

While these all work in different ways, their primary objective is quite the same to make people save money on gas.

While some devices work well and help save fuel costs, there are also those that don’t live up to their claims and can prove harmful to your vehicle.

So before trying to invest good money on these devices, always try to be wary and follow these safe and effective options on the market.

One of the most common and safest alternatives for fuel-saving is the Hydrogen Conversion Kit.

These conversion kits are also called water to gas devices and work primarily as hydrogen generators.

They may come in different names, but they are all generally the same – HHO conversion kit, Brown’s Gas kit, and water to fuel conversion kit, to name a few.

These are the best devices to use to save money on gas.

There are many options for these hydrogen generators like a commercially available pre- made kit or one that can be custom-made, even some can be made at home using simple materials and a good and credible how-to or do-it-yourself guide..

Mostly, pre-made kits are fairly expensive and are only as effective as homemade ones.

You can build a homemade hydrogen generator kit for a fraction of the cost using the simplest of materials commonly found in hardware stores and DIY shops.

Generally, these kits are devices that take water and turn it into fuel for your vehicle.

While you’ll still have to use gas to power your car, you’ll be able to save on fuel cost by at least 30%.

There are even devices that people claimed have doubled their gas mileage with these kits.
There are also several great online guides that will show you exactly how to build your own hydrogen conversion device and install it in your cars.

Next in line are driver alert devices.

Although, these devices actually do not claim to increase fuel economy, but would help motorists make necessary adjustments in the car and real-time driving habits that can increase fuel economy.

These devices are installed in a vehicle to alert the driver of changes that need to be made to their driving, like slowing down or pressing down on the accelerator pedal too hard.

These devices will notify the driver either by lights or sound and will help the driver be more alert about their driving habits that usually consume more fuel if left unchecked or corrected.

Lastly, there are several other types of gas saving products and devices on the market, other than water to gas kits.

Among them are fuel line devices, vapor and air bleed devices, which primarily focus in reducing fuel consumption by introducing air to assist in fuel distribution or maximize fuel consumption and reduce carbon and unburned fuel emissions.

There are also several different types of chemical additives that is mixed either with fuel or motor oil that is primarily towards increasing gas mileage or improving engine lubrication, thus reducing heat to cool the engine and improve fuel consumption.

Unfortunately, many of these devices and products don’t provide a significant increase in gas mileage and are usually expensive.

If one is not careful, some can also cause damage to the vehicle or void warranty.

Before trying out these devices and products, make sure to do plenty of research on the products and always consider the pros and cons.

To sum it all up, hydrogen conversion or water to gas kits offer the best alternatives for the best price, since they don’t cause damage to your vehicle and are completely reversible.

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Benefits of Converting Water to Gas

Posted by admin on Oct-20-2011 under HHO Fuel Cell

Why you should convert water to gas? The most obvious reason is to save money because the price of oil in the world market is beyond our control. If gas is now a little over $4 per gallon, estimates show that this could reach $7 by the year 2010.

One way that the automotive industry is trying to shift away from this is by building hybrid vehicles. The Japanese first introduced this in the US market more than 10 years ago and it is only recently that US makers are trying to do the same thing.

But what are the other benefits of converting water to gas? Since water is clean, you don’t emit carbon monoxide into the air unlike gas or diesel fuels. You can feel proud that you are doing your share to keep the environment clean.

You get tax breaks from the government because this technology allows you to get refunds when you file your income tax.

As a car owner, you will still be able to use the warranty of your vehicle because the systems currently available do not void it in any way.

Just how much savings are we talking about? It depends on the type of vehicle you have and how often you have to be on the road. A ball park figure is 40-80% at the end of each month which translates to more than $1000 per year because you don’t have to fill up the tank every week.

The cost of installing such a system in your vehicle is very affordable. An instruction manual which you can find online will cost you less than $300 while the materials itself are under $250. Putting everything together will take you less than half a day and you don’t have to bring your vehicle to a shop.

Most of the products that allow you to convert water to gas turns ordinary water into HHO or hydroxy which happens to be more potent that gasoline. This increases the mpg or miles per gallon of your vehicle so you can go farther with just a tank of gas and a quart of tap water.

The biggest benefit is that it is safe. It will not cause any damage to your vehicle because it is merely an accessory that enhances the performance of your car’s engine.

Huge savings and environment friendly are the two benefits of converting water to gas technology. This of course is just the beginning because there are no 100% water powered cars yet in the market but you can sure that there are people already working on it so this can finally hit the streets.

Is converting water to gas something new? The answer is no because it has been around for 90 years. Auto makers never really explored it unlike the other industries which have used employed this.

Converting water to gas allows you to use water and gas to run your car. You just have to switch from one to the other similar to the hybrid cars that use gas and electricity since there is a rechargeable battery inside the vehicle.

Thousands of people have enjoyed the benefits of converting water to gas. You can do the same by buying a system and getting a return in your invest in less than 2 months.

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Water to Gas is it Fact or Fiction?

Posted by admin on Oct-16-2011 under HHO Fuel Cell

A lot has been said about the revolutionary process of making vehicles run on water instead of purely gasoline fuel, which has led to a lot of hubris whether it is actually truu or just a figment of one person’s twisted imagination?

Sounds too good to be true, right? But in reality, water is actually a good source of energy, which if processed properly and it’s energy channeled correctly, is actually a better alternative to petroleum products like gasoline and other forms of fuel.

Although it may still be considered rocket science to actually make the most out of water, but one fact remains about how water can be used for fuel not water per se, but one of water’s vital elements, which is hydrogen.

The atomic substance that is hydrogen is the leading alternative to conventional petroleum-based fuel.

For now, among the most common operational processes by water to gas, are fuel-saving devices that primarily extract a form of mixed hydrogen and oxygen gas called Brown’s Gas or HHO into the vehicles fuel injection system.

This enriched mixture of oxygen and hydrogen, also called oxyhydrogen, is mixed with gasoline, causing both substances to chemically bond together molecularly and magnetically.

This combination, according to experts, results to better fuel economy and increases mileage per gallon by as much as 25%-50%, depending on the vehicle’s engine make-up and condition.

These gas-saving devices can also increase in engine power, since less pressure is exerted on the accelerator pedal to speed up the engine, thus reducing the amount of gas used to fuel the engine.

Since the oxyhydrogen mixture burns cleaner and more completely, thus it processes more efficiently and maximizes engine power. It also cleans up carbon deposits in the engine and prevents future build-up of carbon.

It can also be environmentally friendly since exhaust emissions are greatly reduced by the oxyhydrogen burning process.

Due to the cooling nature of oxygen and hydrogen, the temperature in the combustion chamber drops slightly, efficiently enhancing fuel combustion and quicker flame spread ratio.

But many are still wondering if the water to gas idea is indeed true or a scam? Surely not, since the technology has been there long enough for others to work on better solutions to harness that potential to replace petroleum with water-based fuel.

Yes, water to gas is true, but for now the system or process of solely using water to fuel vehicles using hydrogen is still not perfected for commercial vehicles, since studies and science is still trying to master the process of extracting hydrogen on a portable and small-scale process, since the current process is very expensive and requires a lot of equipment.

But of course, with the interest attracted by water to gas systems, scams would still abound, since this system is a potential concept that could easily convince unwary individuals to fall prey to misleading schemes.

So, many would still be advised to be wary of such scams perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals.

B that as it may, the technology of water to gas is an innovative temporary yet beneficial answer to call of the times in addressing the common problem of skyrocketing fuel prices, which, eventually, will lead the way to develop cheaper and alternative sources to fuel, especially one that can be good and sustainable for the environment.

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Water4Gas, runyourcaronwater, Fueltrips, drivewithwaterfuel, wam-a-bam. Sound familiar? These would be some of the sites that offer technology to run cars on Hydrogen (HHO or Brown’s Gas) which can also be called Hydroxy, that comes from water. These are the main water to gas players in the market nowadays. So how does this technology works?

Whenever you decide to upgrade to this system and decided to give one of these companies a call, they would never ask you to put water to your gas tank. Nor they will ask you to buy a new car with the water to gas engine. Actually, it’s very simple. You don’t have to change your engine or you car computer.

The water to gas conversion kit comes in with different part that can be easily assembled at home over the weekend. It only requires to use a few basic tools. The conversion kits major parts would be:

Electrolyzer (some call it “Hydrogen Generator”): these would be the containers (quart sized) can contain about 950cc of ordinary tap water or distilled water (based on the requirement of the manufacturer of the conversion kit). It could be glass, metal or plastic containers.

MAP Sensor Enhancer: this electronic device reduces fuel consumption without modifying the engine or the computer

Vaporizer: adds water vapour to the engine to cool it down, improves combustion and fuel economy.

Fuel Heater: pre-heats your gasoline for better gas economy, using only energy from the radiator that gets wasted otherwise, it requires no modifications done to the radiator or its hoses#

PCV Enhancer: another great companion to your hydrogen system that improves the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) function, protects your engine and saves gas.
Fuse holder + wiring. Connect to the 12 volts.

Vacuum T-connector: helps you splice the vacuum line for feeding the hydrogen and oxygen into the engine.

Catalyst: Ordinary baking soda.

Pure hydrogen is dangerous, especially storing it in large compressed amounts in containers. It can result into explosion, however water does not explode. That is why water to gas conversion kits do not use pure hydrogen. Since hydrogen is already compressed or present in water, it is safely and easily released and consumed. So when HHO is produced, the by-product left is water. No harmful chemicals are being emitted from this system. You just need enough space under the hood to place a quart sized jar to put the water and catalyst. Catalyst is the substance that helps the electricity separate water into HHO. Nothing will happen without this material. This system uses ordinary baking soda, you can easily grab it from the nearest grocery store or from your kitchen cabinet.

Water is converted into HHO gas using electricity from the car’s battery. The quart-sized water jar with a little bit of baking soda is placed under the hood. This device is connected with some fuse holder and wires to the car’s battery. It gets vacuum and electricity from the engine produces the HHO gas. The HHO gas is supplied to the carburaetor. The generator from your battery connects the device via the ignition switch. This prevents hydrogen production when the engine is off and uses less electricity.

Knowing how safe and easy to assemble to water to gas conversion kits provides us a view on an alternative way to save our trips to the pump. But always, it is very important whenever we’ll be using this system or any system at all that will help us economically, to follow the provided instructions and know the product that we’re going to purchase and use.

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Hybrid vehicles have really galvanized its foothold and stance as the future of the thriving global car industry.

When the first hybrid vehicles were introduced by giant car makers, including Toyota, Honda and Ford, the market response was so overwhelming and promising that other car manufacturers abruptly followed suit to seize the opportunity to snatch up market leadership.

It is expected that in a few years time, the market for cars would be greatly overhauled in favor of the hybrid cars, which are rapidly gaining popularity as gasoline prices continue to soar and the impact of engine combustion to the environment is started to be felt.

Thus, after the launch of pioneering batches of hybrid cars, many other companies have sprouted and showed their guts to pit head on against the industry leaders.

There are more start up car manufacturing companies today that are aiming to get the strong market hold in the car industry amid fierce competition posed by the long-time veterans.

Thus, it would be important to not that these new or start ups would potentially be the next important companies of the future. They have been ramping up their research and development initiatives to come up with product offerings that are not only at par with the current hot cakes, but also are pitted to be much better.

Thus, most start ups in the car industry are focused on developing and eventually selling their own versions and modifications of hybrid vehicles.

Several of these new and merging firms more than deserve sheer and great appreciation for taking the nerve and the guts to against the strong current and potentially face the challenges and setbacks of competing with major and giant rivals.

Some start ups

Because there are numerous start ups that offer future hybrid vehicles, the message is further beamed clearer across the industry.

Hybrid cars, indeed, are the cars of the future, the hope of the start ups to penetrate the intense and demanding market.

Here are some of these new companies that are aiming and hoping to enter the important market for the futuristic hybrid cars.

Tesla Motors.

The company is based in Silicon Valley and is aggressively making waves to solicit orders for its future hybrid cars, high-performance sports and utility cars, to be delivered by spring of 2006.

The future hybrid car models of the company would be mainly manufactured in the United Kingdom but would be greatly and widely distributed in the United States.

Tesla said its future hybrid car model would use sophisticated lithium-ion batteries that would last until the car runs a mileage of about 250 miles at 130 miles per hour.

Wrightspeed.

Wrightspeed is another start car making company based in Sillicon Valley in California. The company used to make computer parts and also used to be an amateur racer car maker.

Now, Wrightspeed has decided to take full gears in manufacturing cars, not just average and traditional cars, but hybrid cars.

The company has its own list of flagship future hybrid cars, which it is selling on a pre-ordered basis. Those future cars are estimated to last 200 miles before the next recharging is required.

Zap.

Auto importer specialist Zap in June 2006 started selling three-wheeled hybrid cars, which are actually made and imported from China. The future cars of the company are said to be able to reach a speed limit of 40 miles per hour.

Zap said its future hybrid cars are not just functional and economical, but are also fun to ride at and very sophisticated and chic.

The company’s future hybrid car is named Xebra, which is initially priced at $9,000 each. The car can seat four, with four doors and comes in striped colors, barely relative to its namesake.

Tomberlin Group.

The group is actually not that new in the industry, but has been failing for some time to gather pace to create a niche in the car making and selling market.

The company’s future hybrid cars are also sold on a pre-order basis at about $5,000 to $8,000 each, depending on the model, color and design.

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Water the New Gas

Posted by admin on Oct-6-2011 under HHO Fuel Cell

Who would have thought, that water would be essential in running your car? With the new hydrogen conversion technology, water is used to supplement gasoline for vehicles. Hydroxy or HHO (also called Brown’s Gas) is extracted from water and used to supplement energy and fuel to your car’s engine.

This is a great technology given that we are trapped in the midst ever rising prices of gasoline. This technology provided us relief from the crisis that is breaking our back.

So with this new discovery, would water be the next oil? There are people who see water as a future commodity. Therefore it could be as profitable in the same prospect as oil. There are people who sees that the diminishing certain water bodies is similar to the depletion of oil reserves. While there are some environmentalists that see environmental abuse of water the same as the abuse and waste of oil. Even if 70% of Earth is covered with water, only 3% is fit for human consumption. With this 3%, 2/3 if this is frozen and largely glaciers and ice caps. Only 1% then will be available for human use. The rest of 97% is sea water which is not fit for drinking nor for agriculture.

The world is facing an oil crisis, we are facing the exhaustion of oil reserves. Water is slowly experiencing the same kind of exploitation. Water bodies are being contaminated and polluted by various industrial plants. Water bodies are drying up in certain nation, resulting into thirst and drought. Ironically, the uncontrolled use of oil and other fuel is ensuing into water crisis. Burning of fossil fuels led to global warming, the melting of glaciers and early snowmelts. It also led into climate changes that brought too much rain some places and little in other locations.

Water is becoming a very hot- commodity. It even snagged attention of the big equipment companies like General Electric. Water markets include driking water distribution, management, waste treatment and agriculture. It is nearly a $500 billion market and is growing very fast. Another company who sees big potential in water-related businesses would be the Zurich based Sustainable Asset Management. Japanese- Dutch consulting firm Japan Insite is putting together an 80 million Euro water fund.

But privatizing water is colliding with global water is human right movement. Because water is essential for human life, its distribution should be made readily available for the public and not just for those who can afford water. The poorest might not even have safe drinking water if the water would be privatized, as the water warriors would say. Drinking water would become a luxury and dominant image in advertising.

Affordable water is not only a problem for developing countries such in India and China. Southern Europe, Israel, the western part of the United States, the Middle East, and areas in Southeast Asia such as Singapore all suffer from scarce water resources (www.redherring.com).

Running your car with water as supplement for gasoline also reflects a deeper conflict between gas, oil and water. Whether water is being considered the blue oil or the new source of gas, one thing is important, that we take care of this as a one of our primary source of life. Surely, we do not want to experience what we are experiencing now in the gasoline industry.

We know how difficult it is to battle high prices of commodities. Hopefully water will not be one of them.

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Used Hybrid Cars

Posted by admin on Oct-6-2011 under HHO Fuel Cell

Hybrid cars are fast gaining popularity nowadays. That would not be surprising considering the significant savings a car owner could generate through reduced and lesser oil and gasoline expenses.

For quite some time, car makers who develop and distribute hybrid cars in the market have been enjoying rapid growth in their already robust sales figures from hybrid cars.

That would not be surprising on the part of the industry observers who think the rising popularity of the hybrid cars are timely and long overdue.

Every week, there are almost always new rounds of oil or gasoline price hikes, making consumers and car end users want to save more and lessen their stress through investing or replacing their current cars with the new hybrid car models.

The environmental factor of the hybrid cars also make up for greater interest and eagerness on the part of the car buyers to acquire their own hybrid cars.

Hybrid cars

In the past decades, no one have imagined that the car industry segment would attain the status it is enjoying right now. Years ago, people were just dreaming of cars that would save them enough from oil and gasoline savings.

Now those fantasies are realities. Hybrid cars are starting to fold up the niche once dominated and solely dominated by the traditional and conventional cars.

Hybrid cars are easily accessible and available in the market today. It would just take a few time, probably a matter of minutes or hours to get or purchase one.

Hybrid cars are now sold in car dealers and show rooms all over the world, along with the traditional cars. Car manufacturing firms must have really been inspired to take the queue from great reviews and rising popularity of the hybrid cars among consumers and car aficionados.

Prices

Of course it follows that prices for hybrid cars are also higher and at premium compared to the prices of their traditional and conventional gas-powered counterparts.

That is because the technology used in the development and assembly of hybrid cars are still raw. Experts believe that it would still take some time before the prices for hybrids finally come down.

Hybrid car prices are really astronomical that not all consumers who plan to acquire one would be privileged enough to complete the purchase transaction.

But no worry. The hybrid cars are now also traded just like traditional or gasoline powered cars. Because there are used cars out in the market today.

Consumers who are very itching to own a hybrid vehicle can now seek the help of his or her broker or car dealer, to find a used hybrid car that is ready for purchasing.

Used car dealing

There are a number of ways how you can buy a used hybrid car in the market. As mentioned above, one way is to seek the help of a middleman, your broker/agent or a car dealer.

These people could greatly assist you in the purchase of used hybrid cars. Remember, buying one would never be that easy because hybrid cars are still unfamiliar for most of the people.

Another measure is to seek the help of an online car dealer.

Autoextra.com and best-price.com are just among those Web sites that specialize in providing users and online consumers with the best deals and transaction proposals when buying a used hybrid car.

All one has to do, just like in shopping traditional cars online, is to get the quotes printed online, choose the car models available, agree to the terms and conditions of the transaction, and voila, the deal will be closed immediately.

Calling through telephone lines for verifications of online information would be crucial and should not be overlooked.

Used hybrid cars or new hybrid cars

In the end, there would not be much difference if you would be buying new or used hybrid cars. Remember, new hybrids are definitely costlier and more expensive compared to the used hybrid cars prices.

But still check on the details. The difference might not be that significant. For sure you value being the first user of things. Sometimes, that is the more practical thing to do.

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Short history of hybrid cars

Posted by admin on Oct-2-2011 under HHO Fuel Cell

The history of hybrid cars is immersed in controversy. Not so much for the product itself, but for the technology it uses. Is it old like the conception of wheel itself, or is it a recent construct of idea, as recent as the embryonic stem cell technology? Your take. Read on.

First of, a hybrid car is a vehicle that uses on-board RESS, or rechargeable energy storage system. This is coupled with a fueled propulsion power source for the automobile’s propulsion. Hybrid car is low-gas consuming vehicle, therefore, a low-polluting vehicle.

The last character is particularly important because of the growing consciousness of the people worldwide on the need to conserve the environment.

History points to the clear difference of hybrid with all-electric cars. Electric cars use batteries charged by an external source. On this note, almost all hybrids, save for those considered as mild-hybrid, still need gasoline and diesel as their fuel source. Other fuels are also available in the form of ethanol or other plant based oils. Hybrid vehicles also use hydrogen gas occasionally.

But what’s in the history of hybrid cars?

The history of hybrid cars is closely intertwined with the history of automobile itself. In 1898, Ferdinand Porsche, a young Czechoslovakian, designed the Lohner-Porsche carriage, a series-hybrid vehicle that utilized a one-cylinder gasoline internal combustion engine. This engine can spun a generator which powered four wheel-mounted electric motors.

The car was eventually presented at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. The said automobile, capable of up to 56 km/h (35 mph) fast destroyed several Austrian speed records. In 1901, it won the Exelberg Rally, with Porsche himself driving the car. Over Mass production during this time was yet to be developed, but for Porsche’s future-looking design, 300 units of this model were sold to the public.

The first Porsche model however, technically speaking as we know Porsch today, was a hand-built aluminum prototype, and was completed on June 8, 1948.

The development of the first transistor-based electric car in 1959, the Henney Kilowatt, heralded a new development in the history of automobiles as a whole, and that of history of hybrid cars in particular. This transistor-based electric car, paved the way for the electronic speed control. Ultimately, this made the road for the development of modern hybrid electric cars possible.

The Henney Kilowatt was considered as the first modern electric car. It was a product of collaborative work between the National Union Electric Company, Henney Coachworks, Renault, and the Eureka Williams Company. Whilst the sales of the Kilowatt during this time were far from encouraging, its development served as prototype for the other automobiles down the history line of hybrid cars.

Between the 1960s and 1970s, another prototype of the earlier electric-hybrid vehicle was built by Victor Wouk. Wouk is among the scientists involved with the development of the Henney Kilowatt automobile. For this work, some historians bestowed onto him the honor being the �Godfather of the Hybrid� hybrid cars.

For his pioneering work, Wouk installed a sample electric-hybrid drivetrain into a 1972 Buick Skylark, courtesy GM for the 1970 Federal Clean Car Incentive Program. The program was later axed by the EPA in 1976. Hybrid enthusiast and supporters continued building hybrids automobiles. These models however, were not put into mass production.

In the fading years of the twentieth century however, the history of hybrid cars will take on a new course.

1978, the regenerative-braking hybrid, was developed by Electrical Engineer David Arthurs. The said regenerative-braking is to become the core design concept of most hybrids, currently available in the market. The first attempt of Arthurs used off-the shelf components, including an Opel GT. But the voltage controller that links to the battery motor and the DC generator belonged to Arthurs.

Fast forward in the 1990s

The history of hybrid cars took the final step to modernity in terms of mass production during the Bill Clinton administration. Clinton initiated the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program in September, 1993, that involved the Department of Energy, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, USCAR, and various governmental agencies. The partnership was tasked to engineer a modern efficient and clean vehicle.

In 2001, this program was replaced George W. Bush’s own hydrogen focused FreedomCAR initiative. The focus of the FreedomCAR initiative was to fund research that are considered high risk for the private sector to engage in. The long term purpose of which is the development and production of petroleum emission.

The success of hybrid vehicles in terms of mass production however, became a reality, when the Japanese car manufacturer entered the American market. This is when the history of hybrid cars finally took its modern development. Honda Insight and Toyota Prius became the modern progenitor of modern day hybrid vehicle available today in the market.

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